1. Define project management 2. Identify the components of a project 3. Know the roles and responsibilities of a project manager, sponsor, stakeholders and team members and how they interact during a project4. Understand why a project scope and charter help in planning the project5. Learn how to develop a checklist, schedule and critical path method6. Show awareness in your project by building quality into the project7. Identify risks that may be associated with the work effort and develop a plan for mitigation8. Determine any procurement and/or budget requirements 9. Train and mentor team members10. Communicate with all stakeholders throughout all phases of the projectFinal WorkAny paperwork related to the project – completed schedule, budget, team minutes, lessons learned, etc. –should be placed in a file, notebook or some other storagemedium. Identify a gatekeeper for the documentation.Future teams can reference all this information and potentially save considerable time when starting up thenext project. It is important to get good feedback from the customers andthe rest of the project team. In professional environments, project man-agers typically have a formal evaluation process they use to gain feedback. The information learned from these evaluations becomes additional lessons learned and provides a means for continuous improve-ment. This is an essential part of ensuring satisfaction with the job. It alsohelps determine whether all work has been completed or if more work isstill anticipated. During the Closingprocess, if additional requirements were identified, itwould be appropriate to establish this work as another project.Contract CloseoutAnother step often missed in closing out a project is theneed to ensure contract closeout. Inform vendors or suppliers, consultants or other stakeholders that theproject is closing and ensure that payment for services provided are inprocess or will be soon. Team members should sign off on the completionof the project; it is common for the customer and sponsor to sign off onbehalf of the other stakeholders. This is an item that should have beenaddressed earlier in the initiating and planning phases.Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate!In addition to the lessons learned session and storing all documents, it’stime for the team to celebrate! Regardless of how well the project went,celebrating the project’s end is an important way to wrap it up. The celebration can be anything special you want to do, depending on thebudget available. • It might be as simple as a thank you at the end of the lessons learned meeting along with presenting a certificate or ribbon to each team member. • Food is always welcome. Whether it’s a dinner, a lunch, cookies or a candy bar – your team members will appreciate it!